We love to have Sunday night dessert, and we especially love to make different and special things. These pancake “balls” are a fun thing to make. My family loves to roll them in powdered sugar and then drizzle with chocolate syrup. But my favorite is to put in a Rollo candy into the middle, or is it raspberry jam that is my favorite. These are a fun family activity. Ask your friends if they have a pan to borrow if you don’t have one, or borrow mine.
3 Eggs, separated 2 Cups Fresh buttermilk 3 Tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon Salt 2 Cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cardamom or nutmeg or cinnamon, optional
Beat egg yolks and buttermilk together. Combine dry ingredients. Add to egg mixture. Mix to combine. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold into the batter, carefully keeping the whites light. Heat the Aebleskiver pan (see below) on your stove top burner, medium high heat. When it is hot, add 1 tsp vegetable oil or butter into each hole. Fill each hole 2/3 full with batter. If desired you can place a small amount of applesauce, jam or fruit into the center, then add a small amount of batter to cover the filling. Each hole should now be almost full. (If you don’t want a filling just fill the hole to almost the top with the batter.) Let cook until slightly crusty on bottom.
Loosen around the edges and turn them a quarter turn with a wooden skewer or knitting needle. Continue cooking, turning the ball to keep it from burning. Cook until the ball is indeed a ball and cooked on all sides. Remove from pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with topping of your choice.
*Aebleskiver pans have 6-7 divots that make the pan look like a pan for golf balls. You can also use the pan to make “cake pops”. If you have a new aebleskiver pan that is cast iron you will need to season the pan. Wash the pan to remove factory coating, cover the entire pan with solid vegetable shortening (Crisco). Preheat your oven to 350º, place pan upside down in you oven and bake for 1 hour. This will smoke and smell quite a bit so open the windows and doors. Remove pan, let it cool a bit and then grease again. Bake for another hour. Cool the pan and it will be ready to use. After you use your pan rinse it and then heat over a burner of your stove to dry.
While the pan is still hot, wipe lightly with Crisco again. This will keep the pan from rusting.
** To make Gluten Free use Gluten Free Flour and add 1 teaspoon xanthium gum. Beat well before folding in the egg whites.